Claire Ruth Buckle (Bethel), 75, Williamsburg, VA, died on October 27, 2018 after a short illness. Claire was born on September 2, 1943 in Richmond, VA to Leonard and Irma Bethel. She graduated from John Marshall High School in 1960 and the College of William & Mary with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 1964.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, David Buckle, her son, Christopher and his husband Michael Miller of Rancho Mirage, CA; her sister Carol Ball of Topeka, KS; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Paul and Mary Buckle of Charlotte, NC; three nieces, a nephew and four cats. She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Peter A. Buckle.
Claire was a legal secretary in private law firms in Williamsburg until her retirement. She was an active member of the Williamsburg Baptist Church for 58 years, constant in her support of the music program. She was a generous supporter of many charities as evidenced by her impressive collection of tote bags and wildlife calendars. She was a devoted volunteer at the non-profit FISH, Inc. She was an avid reader and lover of all animals, especially cats. She enjoyed autumn family vacations to Chincoteague island during bird migration season. She practiced progressive politics and a faith of profound inclusiveness.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Williamsburg Baptist Church at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation to the Fehr Fund at Williamsburg Baptist Church, FISH, Inc., or the Heritage Humane Society.